Signs of Healthy Gut

Enough said, but the bowel play some important roles for our health. Unhealthy gut is actually related to numbers of sickness & diseases. So, here are some clues about healthy & unhealthy gut.

How Often Should You Move Your Bowels?
• Healthy gut means a regular bowel movement. When we talk about regularity, what we're really talking about is what's regular for you.
• It is normal, and necessary, to have one bowel movement a day for each major meal you ate the day before. If you eat three major meals, you should have three bowel movements the next day.

How Do You Move You Bowels?
• Other than frequency,  it is also important to pay attention to the ease with which you move your bowels. If you need to push or strain, something is off – moving your bowels should take no more effort than urinating or passing gas. Straining is not normal, nor are experiencing feelings of incomplete elimination, bloating, crampiness, or sluggishness. 
• The thing to watch for is a sudden change in your bowel habits. Many factors can affect regularity, such as diet, travel, medications, hormonal fluctuations, sleep patterns, exercise, illness, surgery, childbirth, stress and a whole host of other things.
• The average body takes between 18 - 72 hours to convert food into poop and pass it on out. When this time is significantly shortened, the result is diarrhea because your intestine doesn't have time to absorb all of the water. Conversely, when transit time is lengthened, you may end up constipated because too much water has been absorbed, resulting in hard, dry stools.

How Does Healthy Stool Looks Like?

* Type 3 or 4 is normal; smooth and soft, formed into one long shape and not a bunch of pieces.
* About 1 – 2 inches in diameter.
* Color : medium to light brown.
* Natural smell, not repulsive (not saying it will smell good).

How Does Unhealthy Stool Looks Like?
* Stool that is hard to pass, painful, or requires straining.
* Hard lumps and pieces, or mushy and watery, or even pasty and difficult to clean off.
* Narrow, pencil-like or ribbon-like stools, can indicate a bowel obstruction or tumor – or worst case, colon cancer; narrow stools on an infrequent basis are not so concerning, but if they persist, definitely warrant a call to your physician.
* Black, tarry stools or bright red stools may indicate bleeding in the GI tract; black stools can also come from certain medications, supplements or consuming black licorice; if you have black, tarry stools, it's best to be evaluated by your healthcare provider
* White, pale or gray stools may indicate a lack of bile, which may suggest a serious problem (hepatitis, cirrhosis, pancreatic disorders, or possibly a blocked bile duct), so this warrants a visit to your physician; antacids may also produce white stool.
* Presence of undigested food (more of a concern if accompanied by diarrhea, weight loss, or other changes in bowel habits).
* Increased mucus in stool. This can be associated with inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis, or even colon cancer, especially if accompanied by blood or abdominal pain

Read more : How To Keep Your Gut Healthy